the ability to achieve one’s goals by force, esp military force Compare soft power
- Hard pulse
hard pulse n. A pulse that strikes forcibly against the tip of the finger and is difficult to compress, indicating hypertension.
[hahrd-prest] /ˈhɑrdˈprɛst/ adjective 1. heavily burdened or oppressed, as by overwork or financial difficulties; harried; put-upon. adjective 1. in difficulties: the swimmer was hard-pressed 2. subject to severe competition 3. subject to severe attack 4. closely pursued
- Hard rays
hard rays pl.n. Radiation of short wavelength and great penetrability.
[hahrd-poo t] /ˈhɑrdˈpʊt/ adjective 1. (def 57).